EFF bags mayoral post in Metsimaholo municipality
The EFF has bagged the mayoral position in Metsimaholo municipality in the Free State. EFF councillor Selloane Motjoane was elected mayor of the municipality that has in the past been rocked by divisions. This is the first municipality to be led by the EFF after the party had initially tried to strike a deal with the ANC at national level to support it in turn for backing it in other municipalities.
Metsimaholo was previously governed by the SACP in a coalition with the ANC and other parties. But the troubles of the municipality had started in 2017 after it was dissolved by the provincial government in the Free State for failing to pass a budget.
This year the province also said the municipality had not been able to spend its money and had to be returned back. But on Monday the EFF got the municipality.
The municipality in Sasolburg has over the last few years been caught in political infighting and it was put under administration. The infighting had paralysed the municipality over a period of time.
The EFF had said it wanted to govern some of the municipalities, but after its deal with the ANC collapsed it backed some of the opposition parties in several hung municipal councils.
The municipality has been facing serious financial challenges after the provincial government warned it after incurring more than R240 million irregular expenditure. Some of the parties had complained that there was lack of service delivery. But political bickering had led to the collapse of the municipality.
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